In-Clinic Hematology Results: What’s Your Diagnosis?
Daniel Heinrich, DVM, and Leslie Sharkey, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical Pathology) University of Minnesota In-Clinic Hematology: The Blood Film Review discusses why microscopic evaluation of blood films is critical to patient care. Two main reasons highlight the importance of blood films: To verify in-clinic analyzer results To identify critical diagnostic features that these analyzers …
An Uncontrolled Diabetic Cat
Ann Della Maggiore, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM University of California—Davis Sugar, a 12-year-old spayed female Maine Coon cat, presented for poorly controlled diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. HISTORY Sugar was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus 2 years prior to presentation. Initially, her diabetes was moderately controlled on 5 to 6 units of recombinant human protamine zinc insulin (PZI) …
Feline Acute Pancreatitis: Current Concepts in Diagnosis and Therapy
Pancreatitis appears to be a common disease in cats, yet it remains frustratingly difficult to establish a clinical diagnosis with certainty. Clinicians must rely on a combination of compatible clinical findings, serum feline pancreatic lipase (fPL) measurement, and ultrasonographic changes in the pancreas to make an antemortem diagnosis, yet each of these 3 components has limitations.
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Sepsis, Part 1: Recognition and Diagnosis
Animals with evidence of a widespread systemic inflammatory condition should never be ignored; the deleterious consequences of excessive inflammation may include organ injury and death. Recognition and diagnosis of these emergent patients is the focus of Part 1 of this article series.
Heartworm Diagnostics: What Do the Latest American Heartworm Society Canine Guidelines Tell Us?
Wallace E. Graham, DVM The Heartworm Hotline column is presented in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the American Heartworm Society (heartwormsociety.org). The goal of the column is to communicate practical and timely information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heartworm disease, as well as highlight current topics related to heartworm research and findings in veterinary medicine. Standards of practice in …
Otitis Externa Series Part 1: Diagnosis of Otitis Externa
Otitis externa is a prevalent complaint in patients presented to small animal practices. This inflammatory disease of the external ear canal and/or pinna can have an acute or chronic presentation. Management of otitis externa depends on identifying and treating predisposing and perpetuating factors, as well as primary and secondary causes.
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approach: Dogs Infected with Bordetella bronchiseptica and Canine Influenza Virus (H3N8)
Severe cases of kennel cough are highly contagious and can result in life-threatening respiratory compromise. This article provides detailed discussion, from risk factors to treatment of this disease complex, including managing critically ill dogs.
Assessment Of Acute Pain In Cats
Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ECVAA, ACVAA, ACAW, & ECAWBM (Welfare Science, Ethics and Law) Michigan State University The first of a 2-part series, Dr. Robertson emphasizes the importance of accurate pain assessment in order to provide the best pain management. To appropriately assess and treat pain in cats, the health care provider …
Alopecia, Easily Epilated Hair, & Inappetence In A Cat
Jennifer C. Olson, DVM; Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Feline); & J. Scot Estep, DVM, Diplomate ACVP This article describes clinical signs, laboratory diagnostics, imaging, and cytologic analysis for a cat with progressive nonpruritic dermatologic changes, inappetence, decreased water consumption, and recent anorexia. Can you determine the diagnosis? A 14-year-old spayed female domestic medium-hair …